Field Trip

MODA’s Field Trips take you out to the studios and work places of some the city’s most interesting designers.


Field Trip: Formations Studio

Saturday, March 7, 2015 2pm-4pm

FormationsJoin us for a tour of Formations Studio in the company of designer and artist, Tristan Al-Haddad. Learn about Tristan’s design practice and get the inside scoop on his current projects, such as WOMB | TOMB, recently completed for the Colombo Biennale; ALLOTROPE , an installation in Dallas; and STEALTH, which will be displayed at the Promenade building at 1230 Peachtree, facing 15th Street and the Arts Center.

Tristan has invited us to tour his 10,000 sq. ft. studio space and to see his large scale formworks, both complete and ready for pouring, as well as works that are in the process of fabrication.  The artist will give a brief presentation followed by Q+A.

We will meet at Formations Studio at 2pm which is located approximately 9 miles southwest of Midtown in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood at 1080 Katherwood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310

FREE for MODA members / $5 for non-members.

Advance registration is required.  Register by clicking here.

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Alhaddad_HeadshotAbout Tristan Al-Haddad

Tristan Al-Haddad is a working designer and visual artist, as well as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. His work has been exhibited in venues including The Centre Pompidou in Paris, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Boston Center for the Arts, The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and The AIA’s Center for Architecture in New York as well as being published in print sources including the New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.  His book Force, Feedback + Fabrication was published by VDM Verlag in 2009.   Al-Haddad was one of seven recipients of the ARTADIA Artist Award in 2009 in addition to being a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso, Chile.

Al-Haddad’s practice investigates the relationship between material and immaterial worlds, or rather the relationship between spaces of matter and spaces of thought. The work is used as a medium through which to conduct experiments of the body’s existence in space and the virtual [mental] perception created by this occupation. This interest in virtuality is rooted not in technologically driven synthetic spaces, but rather in the history of thought and mental experience.  Another primary thesis in the work is that of understanding materiality as fundamental to the design and construction of any object or space in the world of matter. Part of the conceptualization of all of the work starts with an understanding of materiality and the process of formation and translation of the material, in other words not in the process of ‘Being’, but rather in the process of ‘Becoming’. In this construct the world is always understood as being in a state of dynamic flux and seeking adaptation through chance and choice.


Field Trip and Hands-On Design: Lifecycle Building Center

Saturday, March 21, 2015 10am – 2:30pm

LBCinterior250We’re learning all about sustainability at MODA with our current exhibition, Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling within the Forces of Nature.

On Saturday, March 21, we’ll combine two things we love into a single event — a field trip to a cool places + a hands-on design activity.

Our friends at the Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) — a not-for-profit organization that diverts usable building materials from landfills toward opportunities for reuse and empowers homeowners to implement energy-saving, sustainable solutions — will give us a tour of their 70,000 sq. ft. facility.

Afterwards, they’ll guide us through a pallet building workshop in which we’ll build indoor and outdoor planting boxes in celebration of the first day of spring.


10 am-10:15 am

Meet at Lifecycle Building Center, grab some coffee, and get to know your fellow participants

10:15 -11:00

Tour of the LBC facility.

Join us for just the tour if you like: $5 for non-members and free for MODA members. Click here to reserve your spot.

11:00 am – 2pm

Planting Box Building Workshop

Join us for the tour + the planting box building workshop : $35 for non-members and $30 for MODA members. Click here to reserve your spot. Lunch is included.


Lunch and Project Reveal

The Lifecycle Building Center is located at 1116 Murphy Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30310.

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